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Responsibilities of American Citizenship, The

Published 1955

Anti-communist orientation for Americans/

Run time 10:29
Producer National Education Program
Sponsor N/A
Audio/Visual Sd, B&W


Shows that citizens should understand the American way of life, communism and socialism and their propaganda techniques, public education and government.

Anticommunism Anti-communism Cold War Citizenship Political science Propaganda Capitalism


Reviewer: pheret - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 6, 2014
Subject: students
at first they all look stoned and then, as the indoctrination continues, their high seems to have worn off and they irritably tell him they pretty much know everything. except for the last guy . . . his high hasn't quite worn off yet! :P
Reviewer: donwert - favoritefavoritefavorite - February 12, 2012
Subject: Ernest and Wrong
Another film from Harding College in Seacy, Arkansas from the mid-50s. Harding College was
a fundamentalist school whose founder was on the extreme right politically and in every other way.
In this episode a "noted historian", whom neither you nor I have ever heard of, instructs what looks to be a classroom of college students on the subject of citizenship. This historian notes that America's standard of living is twice as high as Europe's---where socialism prevails. The fact that Europe was just recovering from a devastating war while the US was untouched by it has nothing to do with it! We also have a republican form of government that requires each of us to take our responsibilities as citizens seriously--be sure to tell your local officials,
Congress and "even the President" what you think
about the issues and vote in every election. Good advice, undoubtedly. I suspect, however, that if a black man in Searcy in 1955 tried to vote, or tell the local mayor anything, he would find that HIS exercise of citizenship might have distinctly unpleasant consequences. There I go again---mindlessly spouting commie propaganda! Shame on me!
exercise of citizenship
Reviewer: JayKay49 - favoritefavoritefavorite - January 16, 2012
Subject: Just A Thought
Could this guy ever imagine Barack Hussein Obama in the White House?
Reviewer: Hbeeinc - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 30, 2010
Subject: Brilliant Propaganda
It points up the deceptions the anti-communists used to put forth their own agenda. The greatest of which is that none of these students sounds like they are from Arkansas.
Reviewer: ffelix - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 8, 2007
Subject: Good thing there are such God-fearing people around to keep me on the right path
The [not so] young historian illuminates the facts of the American system: our goal of world conquest, use of insidious tactics & cunning strategy to "push the world along toward its highest destiny".

Wait, that was the socialist strategy, I think. Or was it the godless communists? I get so confused. Maybe I "didn't look close enough before joining some high-sounding venture" & "more or less blindly advocated some course of action". I guess I'd better just stop thinking, get out & support the three pillars by going shopping :)
Reviewer: Max Grody - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 15, 2006
Subject: Brilliant information!
He's right on.

A bit stiff and boring. A little overblown with that 'hand over the globe' thing. But, right on.

Ain't a thing he said that is false. A text book for education in America toward structuring an understanding and fellowship in the USA. Or any country, really.

Know your enemy, have a purpose, defend your heritage, take responsibility for what you are a part of in education, government, and society. Right on, old dude, right on. Absolutely brilliant.
Reviewer: ERD - favoritefavorite - November 17, 2005
Subject: Dull and didactic
A lecture by a young historian & professor telling us how we can be good American citizens. Everything in this film is so set up. I find him dull and conceited. His information is at times over blown and didactic.
Reviewer: Spuzz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 28, 2004
Subject: Thats G as in Grrrr! Or Ganus!
Once again Clifton Ganus takes us in the palm of his hand, stands behind his podium, and lectures us about how we can thank God (literally) that we are all americans and how everyone else is scum. Using some wonderfully oversized props, Ganus takes steps to show how to be a responsible american (eg, don't be a commie) and therefore you (and the rest of the dweebazoids in his class) can be a noted youth historian like Mr Ganus is!
Reviewer: trafalgar - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 20, 2004
Subject: Clifton L. Ganus is back!
Another classic starring "noted young historian" and true Prelinger star Professor Clifton L. Ganus ("America's Distribution of Wealth", "A Look at Capitalism", etc.)! This is yet another anti-commie, pro-God-and-Country "educational" film in the style of his others. But this time he's brought along some great visual aids. When he describes how communism could bring our system crashing down, he knocks over a bunch of blocks. When he describes how socialism is casting a shadow over the globe, he holds his hand over a globe, and casts a shadow over it. Brilliant! And without a trace of irony, he gravely instructs us that to fight the communists, we must "understand propaganda techniques"...good old Prof. Ganus, teaching by example.
Also includes some terrible acting by his "students". Recommended!
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